Day/Time: Monday, May 10, 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM

Capturing Open Access Publishing Efforts in the International Journal of Librarianship by the Chinese American Librarians Association: A Case Study


  • Raymond Pun, Education/Outreach Manager, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University
  • Grace Liu, Systems Librarian, University of Windsor


In this project update, the presenters will discuss publishing efforts and experiences on the International Journal of Librarianship (IJoL) hosted by the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), a National Association of Librarians of Color (NALoC). Since 2016, IJoL is an open access and refereed journal that focuses on research and discussion in all areas of librarianship and information science globally. Most importantly, the journal centers on global audience and connections and recent issues covered timely topics such as sustainability in libraries and artificial intelligence. This presentation will share the logistical components of setting up the open access publication, the process in quality control and management including benefits and challenges. The presenters include the Chief Editor and a Guest Editor of the journal who will share their experiences in supporting the journal as CALA volunteers and supporting the publication, now reaching its fifth year. The speakers will discuss how the journal serves as an important collaboration to engage with librarians from Asia, particularly in China. Attendees will learn more about this journal platform and its process and be engaged in discussing how libraries and associations can manage and promote and support research in open access publishing.

Poly Publishing: a choose-your-own ideals in publishing


  • jaime ding, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo


Poly Publishing is a publishing program that aims to raise visibility and enhance access to Cal Poly scholarship. In working to create an immersive, interactive digital project, this alternative approach to present and disseminate academic scholarship rethinks accessibility and assessment of such work. The system focuses on collaboration, accessible approaches, and recognition of individual’s places within structural systems, using inclusive and equitable practices to adjust scholarly publishing while centering historically underrepresented identities, perspectives, and creativity. Using past projects from the Cal Poly faculty exhibition program as prototypes, the project aims to ensure scholarship will be transformed into digital publications that integrate with current publishing systems on and off campus. By creating a non-traditional pathway for publishing scholarly research, this pilot project plays an active role in strengthening Cal Poly’s scholarly communication system, with a commitment to amplify underrepresented topics and voices.

This presentation will outline the workflow, concepts, and scholarship of the Poly Publishing program. Using an interactive choose-your-own adventure format, each section of the publishing process (content selection, digital development, assessment, and dissemination ideals) will pose a question to allow viewers to follow various paths of how poly publishing will work, leaving room for feedback and further questions. The ideas and models that the system has shaped itself from include autoethnography, open peer review discussion sessions, critical race theory, contextual citation practices, visual annotation practices, establishing common vocabularies, and more, all designed to rethink the systemic inequities that academic publishing holds.

Revising the Library Publishing Curriculum: Values, Progress, and Possibilities


  • Cheryl E. Ball, Wayne State University Libraries


In 2019, the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) set out to examine its eligibility and support criteria for hosted journals and align them with the library’s Open Access Support criteria and with best practices in scholarly publishing. While the revised requirements intended to improve access and quality of hosted journals, we questioned whether we were providing enough support for our journals to implement best practices in their workflows. In order to better understand the needs of our journals, we launched a survey in August 2020. The survey aimed to understand how we could improve our existing services and to solicit feedback for new possible services and resources.

In this presentation we will go over the cross-campus process of aligning the journal hosting service with the UTL goals for improving open access support and best practices in scholarly publishing. We will also discuss the results of our journal survey and the changes we implemented to support our journals in adhering to best practices and surviving through the turbulent times.